February 01, 2018
You’ve gotta admit: there’s something pretty cool about stepping out of your apartment, and feeling the fresh air on your face as you walk to your favorite coffee shop to meet a friend. Walkability is one of the top “must-haves” for modern apartment dwellers — and especially millennials who prefer to walk to work, schools, shops, restaurants, clubs, schools and parks.
Walkability has its advantages. More walkable neighborhoods have higher rates of physical activity, and less obesity and air pollution from traffic, according to researchers. Walk Score, the site that measures walkability of addresses across the United States, says the average resident of a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood weighs 6-10 pounds less than someone who lives in a sprawling neighborhood. Residents in these neighborhoods are happier on average too. Walkability is also better for the environment, since your feet are zero-polluting “transportation machines.” And, if you walk more, chances are, you’ll save money on gas each week. There’s another surprising benefit too. Those who have walkable access to shops and services tend to have “higher levels of social capital such as trust among neighbors and participation in community events,” according to one study.
At E&S Ring, we pay special attention to the locations of our communities. We are more committed than ever to building stronger neighborhood connections and creating a lasting quality of life for our residents. In other words, we walk the walk! And with that in mind, we want to give four of the most walkable E&S Ring properties their much-deserved chance in the spotlight.
Walk Score: 96
Theatre Square makes its home in Petaluma’s buzzing Theatre District. Naturally, with a name like Theatre Square, you’ve got entertainment at Boulevard Cinemas, The Mystic Theatre and the Phoenix Theatre all within walking distance. The apartments are also steps away from dozens of dining options (Crocodile and Central Market), coffee shops and bakeries (Acre Coffee and Peet’s Coffee) and charming cafes (Wild Goat Bistro and North Bay Cafe). If you like wine, you’re in luck — you’re not far from Adobe Road Winery, La Dolce Vita Wine Lounge and Corkscrew Wine Bar. If you’re a beer connoisseur, make sure to stop by Taps. For cocktails and fun, hit up bars like Jamison’s Roaring Donkey, Speakeasy or Buckhorn. There are charming little boutiques and antique stores for shopping, and a charming farmer’s market on Saturdays, all accessible by foot. Theatre Square is also home to dozens of parks, pathways and scenic biking trails. Even if you must get into a car for your commute to work, the community is only a five-minute drive from the 101 Highway. Explore Bodega Bay and the California Coast with a short 30 minute drive from the Petaluma area; 30 minutes more and you reach San Francisco.
Rafael Town Center
San Rafael, CA
Walk Score: 95
Rafael Town Center’s central location right in the heart of San Rafael is a “walker’s paradise” in every sense. Ideally positioned at the corner of Court and 5th, these 1- and 2-bedroom
apartments are just a few blocks away from highly rated restaurants like the Magnolia Park Kitchen, Sol Food and Il Davide. You can grab a pint and small bites at State Room Brewery, or a late night cocktail at Spitfire Lounge. There’s a Starbucks less than a block away. For entertainment, you can hit the movies at the Rafael Theater or impress your friends with a night out at Fenix, a streaming live production restaurant (believed to be the first of its kind). And you’ll have your choice of banks nearby, and other retail ranging from bookstores to clothing boutiques and drug stores, all accessible by foot. Even if you commute to San Francisco, you don’t necessarily need to spend much time in your car since Rafael Town Center is located near the San Rafael Transit Center and the approved SMART rail line.
Walk Score: 94
One of the coolest aspects of the GreenHouse Apartments in Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhood is that you’re only minutes from the Link Light Rail that connects downtown and the airport. But you know what’s even cooler? It’s also highly walkable and bikeable. A convenient location on Hudson puts you just steps from Rainier Avenue’s shops, cafes and dining options. Get a dose of culture at the Columbia City Theatre, Ark Lodge Cinemas, Columbia City Gallery or the Seattle Asian Art Museum. There’s plenty of dining and bar opportunities within walking distance too — whether it’s Lottie’s Lounge, Royal Room, Columbia City Ale House, Spice Room, Wabi-Sabi Sushi Bar & Restaurant or Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria. Several excellent schools and educational institutions are close, as are major business hubs and medical facilities. You also have the local farmer’s market close by.
Mediterranean Village West Hollywood
West Hollywood, CA
Walk Score: 94
Mediterranean Village offers its residents all of the perks of living in one of L.A.’s hottest neighborhoods — West Hollywood. Ideally located between West Hollywood and Beverly Hills on Larabee St., the community of studio, 1- and 2-bedroom apartments puts you in the center of all the action — quite literally. Just a few blocks away, you’ve got upscale Sunset Plaza with all of its trendy restaurants (some favorites: Le Petit Four and The Butcher, The Baker, and The Cappuccino Maker) and designer boutiques like Zadig & Voltaire and Hugo Boss. Step outside your front door and you’ll find yourself on Santa Monica Boulevard with all of its night clubs, bistros, restaurants (including PUMP), shops, gyms, bookstores and everyday conveniences like banks and grocery stores.